Letter to 3rd Year Parents May 2020

Posted in School News

Letter to 3rd Year Parents May 2020

pres logo

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians,

Students in Irish schools completing their third year of Junior Cycle in 2020 have experienced a very disrupted period of learning in 2019/20 because of the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 crisis.

Teachers and schools have used a wide range of approaches to mitigate the effects of this disrupted schooling, but the learning experience of students has varied across schools and students for a range of reasons over which these schools and students have had no control. In these circumstances, it is not possible for students to undertake the Junior Cycle final examinations normally organised by the State Examinations Commission. In addition, while many students have completed most of their classroom-based assessments (CBAs), short courses and/or priority learning units (PLUs), the normal range of assessment activities cannot be concluded consistently for all students. In this context, the use of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) is not appropriate as a reporting and certification mechanism in 2020.

These guidelines set out alternative arrangements for the assessment and reporting on the learning achievements of students who are concluding Junior Cycle in May 2020.

Key elements

In 2020, the Junior Cycle learning achievement of students will be recognised through a specific form of certification designed to meet the current, exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For each student, certification will involve two elements:

• A State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education and Skills. Students should receive a State Certification that they have completed three years of Junior Cycle education in a number of subjects/priority learning units. This certification will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills.

• A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students should receive a written report on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit at the end of Junior Cycle. This assessment of their learning will be provided by their teachers. Schools will have autonomy in how this assessment is to be arrived at and the format in which the report is provided. School-based assessments should be devised and marked by the class teacher.

The school’s assessment of students’ learning achievements

The assessment of students’ learning achievements in each subject will take place at school level and will be based on the teacher’s professional knowledge of each student’s learning.

It will based on

80% (Evidence available from assignments, tests, tasks journals, projects, practical and other work completed over the course of second year and third year)

To ensure equity, greater weighting should be given to work that was completed by students in advance of the closure of schools on 12 March 2020.

20% (Assessment/Assignment at the end of May)

The method or format of assessment/assignment will be decided by our teachers and they will inform the girls online through Microsoft teams next week.

• Providing the report to students

Students and their parents/guardians should receive a written report of the assessment of the student’s learning in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit. This report may include the provision of grades or descriptors. It may also detail separately the descriptors awarded to classroom-based assessments (CBAs) and/or priority learning units. The report should also provide an opportunity for schools to report on other aspects of achievement including the wellbeing programme completed by students.

• Providing State Certification

The Department of Education and Skills will provide each student with a certificate indicating the completion of the Junior Cycle programme of study, including the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units studied and the level at which the subject was studied.

This data will be drawn from the Department’s Post-primary Online Database (PPOD) and will not exceed the 10-subject limit on subjects for certification set out in Circular Letter 0055/2019 (or lower where the student has studied short courses).

This certificate will be provided early in the school year 2020/21.

We are delighted with this new decision as starting the new school year with exams for students will not serve any value to our school community. We wish our students during this time of National Emergency to focus on their health and wellbeing. We do not wish to see students over the summer months caught up inside preparing for exams, worrying about when they might go ahead, if they go ahead. We wish that upon our return to school in the new academic year that we all start afresh, renewed and re-invigorated

Above all, we believe that the plan outlined above is in the best interests of our students in Presentation Clonmel.

We will keep those affected by Covid-19 and healthcare workers who are managing the illness in our thoughts and prayers.

Stay Safe, Stay Home, Mind your family agus ar aghaidh le chéile.

Mr O’Loughlin (Principal) & Ms.Hennessy (Deputy-Principal).